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Swine flu has reeked havoc on pork supplies around the world and has hit China very hard and has now spread to ten European countries. Chinese food prices in July jumped 9.1% consumer staples pork prices up 27% fresh and fruit prices up 39.1% from a year ago.

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Hungary on the weekend announced that African swine fever was found in wild boar near the capital, Around ten European Union countries are currently affected by African swine fever, with particularly bad outbreaks in Bulgaria and its neighbor Romania. Slovakia was affected by the disease in four backyard farms as of July.

The disease is incurable in pigs but harmless to humans.  The pigs are slaughtered to try and contain the spread to other animals which has dramatically culled the world's pig population which is a staple food in China and one of the most popular meats in the world, bacon anyone?

Reuters reported that Hungary had found nearly 900 cases of African swine fever in wild boar since April 2018 according to figures published on the authority’s website. Nebih said it had received dozens of samples from the affected area near Budapest and Hungary’s chief veterinarian had ordered the slaughter of all wild boar in the area where the five cases were confirmed.

Nebih said several foreigners visited the area over the past weeks who arrived from countries infected with African swine fever, but also said the source might be an infection from inside Hungary. Nebih called on pig farmers to maintain the necessary precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the infection to livestock.

Recent outbreaks in the European Union

From Russia and Belarus, the disease spread to the European Union. Lithuania reported cases of African swine fever in wild boar for the first time in January 2014. Poland followed in February 2014 and Latvia and Estonia in June and September of the same year. Most outbreaks occurred in small farms and were contained relatively quickly. The disease is still spreading locally among wild boar, where containment is more difficult.

Source: Reuters EFSA

From The Traders Community News Desk

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